Virtual Design Festival

Live talk on gender equality in design as part of VDF's collaboration with What Design Can Do

In the final part of Virtual Design Festival's day of talks with What Design Can Do, curator Jimena Acosta and artist Larissa Ribeiro discussed gender equality in design

Acosta and Ribeiro spoke to Dutch curator Saskia van Stein about how design can help combat gender oppression in Latin America and beyond, as well as how creatives can work together to build a safe and equitable society for women and girls.

The conversation forms part of Virtual Design Festival's collaboration with Amsterdam-based design platform What Design Can Do, which features three live talks focusing on social justice in design.

Ribeiro is a graphic artist and teacher from São Paulo, Brazil. She is a co-founder of the feminist magazine Revista AzMina and Mulheres Ilustradoras, an open directory of female illustrators in Brazil.

She runs São Paulo-based design studio Estúdio Rebimboca, and is a co-author of children's book President of the Jungle.

Acosta is a Mexican curator focussed on the way in which design can shape culture, politics and societal thinking. She is guest curator at the 2020 edition of Mexican design festival Abierto Mexicano de Diseño, which is set to take place in October.

Her exhibition I Will What I Want: Women, Design, and Empowerment was exhibited at MUCA Roma in Mexico City and Parsons School of Design in New York, and explored the role that design has played in forming understandings of gender in the latter half of the 20th century.

Jimena Acosta and Larissa Ribeiro speak about gender equality in design in this talk hosted by VDF and What Design Can Do
Curator Jimena Acosta and artist Larissa Ribeiro speak to curator Saskia van Stein about gender equality in design

Saskia van Stein is a curator based in the Netherlands. Last year, she was appointed as headmaster of The Critical Inquiry Lab masters programme at Design Academy Eindhoven. She has previously worked as director of Bureau Europa, a platform for architecture and design in Maastricht, and as curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam.

About What Design Can Do

What Design Can Do believes that design and creativity can transform society. Its annual conferences in Amsterdam, Mexico City and Sāo Paulo are attended by designers and creatives, as well as businesses, NGO's and governments.

Previous speakers include Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and Google Lab’s creative director Robert Wong.

About VDF

Virtual Design Festival runs from 15 April to 10 July 2020. It brings the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

To find out what's coming up at VDF, check out the schedule. For more information or to join the mailing list, email [email protected].